Hamilton reacts to rumours regarding Michael Masi’s potential return

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Some F1 media outlets started spreading rumours that Lewis Hamilton was ‘astonished’ by FIA President saying Michael Masi could return to Formula 1.

In a recent interview FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said former race director Michael Masi could still return to Formula 1 in some capacity.

This prompted certain F1 media outlets to immediately misinterpreted this as a possibility for Masi to return as a third race director, which is in no way what Ben Sulayem said.

Even worse, some started publishing completely unsubstantiated rumours which suggested that Lewis Hamilton was ‘astonished’ by this development.

Of course, we did not publish this, as it seemed completely false and like just another attempt to cast Lewis in a negative light.

We were obviously right again, as when Lewis was asked to give his comments on the story, he completely denied it.

“I only heard of that story a couple of days ago and I haven’t spoken to anyone [about it],” the Briton said.

“Particularly, I haven’t done an interview with that newspaper for at least 10 years. It’s inaccurate but I don’t have a particular feeling about it. I’ve not given it any thought.


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“I don’t know what Mohammed has said. I don’t know his story, what his agenda is.”

As for Lewis’ thoughts on the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, the Briton said:

“It’s a great test track here. The first time we drove the car, we have the data from that and can remember the feeling we had from that at the same time as well.

“We did have bouncing back then also but it will be interesting to see the parallels and how much we have progressed since.

“Every time I arrive at a weekend, I’m hoping that the prospects are good.

“We’re working as hard as we can as a team to progress and we have some upgrades,” he concluded.

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